The Central College women’s track and field team won six events and the team title at the Monmouth (Ill.) Fighting Scots Invitational Saturday.
The Dutch scored 179 points to best Monmouth by 58 points. Iowa Conference rival Wartburg took third with 118.
The Central men won three events to finish second with 158 points, just 11 points back of host Monmouth. Wartburg was a distant third with 111 points.
“Overall I was pleased with the performance of both teams today,” said coach Joe Dunham. “It was a great tune-up before the conference meet.”
Sprinters lead Central women—The Dutch women dominated the sprinting events Saturday, winning the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 4×100-meter relay. In the 100 it was Abi Davis (junior, Des Moines, Dowling Catholic HS) taking first in 11.95 seconds. Her time is tied for fifth in Division III this season.
In the 200 it was Allie McBroom (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) winning in 25.47. Then in the 4×100 relay the Dutch squad of Davis, McBroom, Meredith Zimmerman (senior, Urbandale) and Kate Patton (freshman, Grand River, Murray HS) sprinted to the title in 47.80. The time ranks 11th in Division III and is less than four-tenths of a second off of the school record.
“The women’s 4×100 ran a season best and put themselves on the bubble for nationals,” said Dunham. “They accomplished this even with some bad handoffs, so we know there is more there, which is exciting.”
Three other winners for the Dutch Saturday were Zimmerman in the 100-meter hurdles (14.74), Hillary Hotz (senior, Fort Dodge, Saint Edmond HS) in the high jump (5 feet, 4.25 inches) and Holly McKinney (freshman, Saint Charles, Interstate 35 HS) in the 1,500 meters (4:50.91).
In the hammer throw Lorell Stuht (sophomore, Loveland, Colo.) placed third with a personal best toss of 160-1. Dunham liked what he saw out of both teams in the hammer throw Saturday.
“I felt like we had a great day with the throwers,” said Dunham. “Seven throwers set a personal best in the hammer today.”
Central men win three events—The Dutch had the top two finishers, and six of the top eight in the 1,500-meter run. Eli Horton (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) won the event in 3:55.14, just one one-hundredth of a second ahead of teammate Drew Jackson (senior, Johnston) (3:55.15). Also in the top five in the event was Mark Fairley (freshman, Dubuque) in fourth (4:02.01) and Jamie Vander Veer (senior, Harvey, Knoxville HS) in fifth (4:06.01).
Another winner for Central was Dan Roemerman (junior, Iowa City) in the 110-meter hurdles. His time of 14.70 was almost a second faster than the runner-up.
A third winner for the Dutch was Logan Mulford (sophomore, Mount Pleasant) in the high jump (6-7.5).
Dunham was pleased with the performance of Grady Carson (senior, Centerville) Saturday. He placed 13th in the 100-meter dash (11.43) and 16th in the 200-meter dash (23.18).
“Grady Carson had personal bests in the 100 and the 200,” said Dunham. “He is running with a lot of confidence.”
The Dutch will compete at the Iowa Conference Championships in Indianola Thursday through Saturday. The men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon will begin Thursday with other events following the next two days.